Socrative Snow is Live

Snowy Release – APR 2, 2015



We made a number of changes to improve the Socrative experience.  As you know, we believe in formative, so keep us in the loop on how it’s performing and we’ll make updates and improvements.

Release Notes

- Interface color scheme updated to blue and white for improved projection and device display

- Manage Quizzes access moved to secondary navigation below header. Now accessible from every page!

- Space Race icons added – unicorn, spaceship

- Live Results Chart ImprovementsSort by Student Name
– Show Progress/Score
– Click on Question #s or Class Total %s for a detailed question view

- Change your interface display to 6 new languages: Chinese, Dutch, French, Korean, Portuguese or Spanish. Student interfaces will in turn be displayed in your preferred language.

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2 Activities for Observational Skills and Language Studies

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Pictures and Video offer us an unending supply of starting points from which to engage our language learners in class, the outside world and each other.  Students can jump off into non-scripted, free form conversation as they discuss the media itself or connections that it makes to their own lives. In the process of acquiring language, it can helpful to bridge the gap between what we see and what we can express through the written or spoken word. And let’s face it, they are fun to look at and expand our minds.

Empower Students and Have Fun!

Invite students to bring in videos and images that they make themselves and find on the internet. You’ll find they are even more engaged when it is their content.


Create a slide with different images.
Design a Quick Quiz with a question or more related to each image.

  • Ask Students to write a caption for the Image
  • Ask Open-Ended questions in various tenses. 
  • Ask Open-Ended questions that elicit target vocabulary.
  • Utilize MC questions to target specific misconceptions by including them as choices.
Use the Quick Quiz as an Entrance Ticket, in class Quiz or Exit Ticket.



Play a video clip and pause it at a specific moment.

Activate the Short Answer feature and ask a question.

  • Ask “What do you think the character will say next?” (future tense)
  • Ask “Write a two sentence summary of what’s happening.” (sentence creation, open-ended observation)
  • Ask “Describe the scene using at least 3 new adjectives.” (new vocabulary)
  • Ask ” What did the main character do?”  (past tense)

Have students read their answers out loud to practice pronunciation.

Discuss as a class

Have students vote on their favorites


Turn Exploring a New Technology into a Learning Activity

The introduction of a new classroom technology offers a wonderful opportunity for whole class discussion, exploration and collaboration.  You included!

In our experience students are often very savvy with new technology and can uncover features and tricks we had no idea existed.

Let’s create an environment to explore Socrative together! Model for students how it’s okay to make mistakes and that learning is an active process.  It will be fun, enriching, and take the pressure off you to be the master of all technologies.


Discuss these Questions as you explore Socrative

What do you notice or observe about Socrative?

Can you connect this to any other technologies?

How could we use Socrative in our classroom?


Project your screen and run some activities.  

A quick question activity such as True/False or Short Answer.

A Student Paced quiz (include MC, TF and SA questions)

Here are some things students may learn during a Student-paced quiz 

“To select an answer, click on it and it will turn bright green (and stay that way).”

“You can change questions using the “Previous” or “Next” buttons or by clicking on the left navigation.”

“Answers can be changed at anytime.”

“You can choose multiple answers, but you should only do so if the question calls for it. If you choose the correct answer, but also select a second one that is incorrect, the whole question will be graded as incorrect.”

“Question Types have their own colors.  True/False is always Purple”

“In order to submit all your answers and end the quiz, press “FINISH” in the top right corner. Once you press finish you cannot change your answers and will get the waiting screen.”

Have a great class!

Back-Channeling with Socrative

What’s a Back Channel? Through a virtual room such as those available in Socrative, students may pose questions or comments regarding the material at hand in real-time, which the teacher may use to drive teaching and discussion. Classroom collaboration thus extends beyond segments of teaching followed by discussion, seamlessly melding the two, fostering participation and engagement.  Often done silently, it helps maintain class control while igniting and furthering collaboration.

Socrative short answer as a Back Channel!

Mr Vernon, a 6th grade Earth Science teacher wants to engage students during his overview lecture on plate tectonics. However, he has a lot of material to cover in a short amount of time. He turns to Socrative Short Answer to create a backchannel room so that students may submit questions throughout class.  It’s preset at anonymous but he likes to turn on the name feature for added accountability and the opportunity to directly support individual students. He also allows students to submit multiple times.

He asks students to “Surface questions or comments about this material”

In the last fifteen minutes of class, Mr. Vernon projects the questions and comments on the board and answers those that are the most common. Students learn what their peers are thinking and can compare it to their own understanding.  Mr. Vernon appreciates how he can clear up any areas of misunderstanding before the class ends.  In addition, he often adjusts homework as a result. Lastly, he downloads the Socrative report and reflects after class on how he could improve upon his class for next time.


January Teacher of the Month

Introducing our January Teacher of the Month:

Ryan Chase!
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When Ryan was first introduced to Socrative, he immediately recognized that it was going to be a “game-changer” because of how it delivers real-time feedback from every student in the class. This ability to quickly see what his students are thinking now allows Ryan to tailor his teaching to the needs of each of his high school Bible classes. One of his favorite things about Socrative is how it gives him the ability to listen to all of his students, even those that are hesitant to speak up in class. He uses Short Answer Quick Question most often to gather his students’ thoughts or “quick writes” and sometimes projects their responses to allow students to hear from each other. He also uses the Multiple Choice and True/False Quick Question features to allow students to vote for their opinions or positions on different topics of discussion.

Ryan has also used Socrative to facilitate a scavenger hunt based upon research his students did in groups on different topics. The student groups created presentations on their topics, which became information “kiosks”, and Ryan gave the class a quiz that required information from each kiosk. Students went through each others’ presentations, learning about each student-researched topic and searching for the information to answer the quiz questions.

Ryan’s students also enjoy using Socrative, as it gives them a voice to provide feedback and influence the direction of the class. He often turns off the name requirement when asking for personal thoughts, views, or experiences in order to encourage more honest answers. He believes this practice has deepened the discussions that they share as a class and gives him access to student opinions that he would never otherwise have access to.

For teachers who are just getting started with Socrative, Ryan suggests using it with their current classroom practices. For example, he suggests instead of asking for a show of hands, use Socrative to take a poll. When doing quick writes, have students respond through Socrative instead of on paper. When asking practice questions, give them through Socrative so you can immediately gauge the class’ understanding. “The beautiful thing about Socrative is that it just gives teachers a quicker, more powerful, and more comprehensive tool to do the same things they’ve been doing”.

Students as Questioners – Bloom’s Taxonomy

“An educated person today is someone who knows the right question to ask.”

Recently, I’ve been repeating this Ernest Boyer quote to myself.  It encapsulates so much in so few words. Many Socrative posts have focused on how teachers can foster discussions and help facilitate problem based thinking, inquiry and the surfacing of main ideas. Consequently, through modeling and drawing student attention to your questions, they are aware of how and why you are asking particular questions.

It’s time to pass the baton to the students and develop their abilities to ask the high quality questions.

Let’s call on our friend Benjamin Bloom for support.  

Bloom’s revised taxonomy is a great asset for making explicit your motivations behind classroom activities, assignments and discussion starters.  Furthermore, it helps build a common language and structure within your classroom.  As history has shown, this well-known, widely applied scheme filled a void and provided educators with one of the first systematic classifications of the processes of thinking and learning. The cumulative hierarchical framework consisting of six categories each requiring achievement of the prior skill or ability before the next, more complex one, remains easy to understand.

Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy

Remembering Retrieving, recognizing, reproducing and recalling relevant knowledge from long-term memory
Understanding Constructing meaning from oral, written, and graphic messages through interpreting, exemplifying, classifying, summarizing, inferring, comparing, and explaining
Applying Carrying out or using a procedure through executing or implementing
Analyzing Breaking material into constituent parts, determining how the parts relate to one another and to an overall structure or purpose through differentiating, organizing, and attributing
Evaluating Marking judgments based on criteria and standards through checking and critiquing
Creating Putting elements together to form a coherent or functional whole; reorganizing elements into a new pattern or structure through generating, planning, or producing

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The 5Ws and H – Questions, Questions, Questions!


The infamous 5Ws and H have been an integral part of journalism, storytelling and an uncountable number of TV police dramas, (Law and Order being the best, of course).  

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Additionally, for years this structure has been helping students ask targeted questions as they dig deeper into factual information and uncover truths.  In the 21st century, this routine is more versatile and as important as ever. It’s at the core of problem solving in the office place, evaluating what’s what in cyberspace, and identifying causal relationships.

Whether an ELL teacher or a physics teacher, you’ll encounter numerous opportunities to cultivate your students’ abilities to mine for information, make sense of it, and then arrive at conclusions. So let’s support the development and acquisition of these cross-disciplinary skills through whole class discussion, practice and guided examples.

Build Understanding as a Class – Implementation Ideas


Use the Short Answer and Multiple Choice features to ask questions of the whole class and deconstruct each W and H together. Have students respond in complete sentences and then collaboratively decide which answers are the best and discuss why. 

Use the Short Answer Voting Feature to narrow the class’ choices and focus on reasoning. Ask students why they like their choices and identify the key criteria in a student defined rubric.  Continue the discussion into the other components of the routine.  

Create 2 to 3 question Quizzes for post reading assignments, experiments and research. Ask for different components of the routine each time as you put the 6 pieces together over time.  These can be either multiple choice, short response or a combination of the two. Have students work in small groups or pairs and discuss their choices.

Design a 5Ws and H quiz for easy and frequent use to check understanding and create discussion.

Reminder: How to make your own “Quiz” activity

Log into your account -> Click “Manage Quizzes” -> “Create a Quiz

Design the Quiz and select Save & Exit

The Quiz will now be available in your My Quizzes menu.

Share the SOC # with your community


Space Race vs. Other Classrooms and Schools!

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We all know the fun of having a Space Race in your own class.

How about:

A Space Race against other classes within your school?

A Space Race against classes in the US?

A Space race against classes all over the world?


It’s quite simple! Here’s how:

1. Identify your competition and pick a date and time for the showdown!

Tip: Find other teachers within your PLN to Race

2. Co-construct an assessment and create it in Socrative

Tip: Enable sharing so each teacher can also import a copy using a SOC-#

3. Choose a screen sharing site

Tip: Google Hangouts and Skype work great!

4. Login in to your Socrative Account and the screen sharing site

5. Share your Socrative room number and screen sharing link

Tip: All classrooms can now view your Socrative screen in their own schools!

6. Have classrooms login in with 1 or more devices

Tip: 20 possible rockets across all classrooms

7. Select Space Race, Quiz and the number of teams

Tip: Choose a time limit if you want the furthest to win and not the fastest

8. GO!!!!!!!!! 

Tip: Take a final screenshot, Email the report to your colleagues and/or project it live on the screen!

Fun Socrative Quizzes for PD or Space Races


Here is a list of quizzes we like to use for contests, demos and trainings.



80′s Trivia (20 MC questions) SOC-12173811
- Ideal for Space Race
- Valuable to show how you switch from Rockets to data, select VIEW CHART on Reports pop-up after ending activity.


State Facts (2 MC, 1 Short Answer, 1 TF) SOC-10172020
- Ideal for Student Paced – Student Navigation, Teacher Paced
- Includes images


I Heart Polynomials (4 MC, explanations) SOC-10171986
- Ideal for Student Paced – Immediate Feedback
- Shows explanations
- includes superscripts
- Good for Math educators


World Cup 2014 – US Men’s National Team (3MC, 1 SA, 1 TF) SOC-10171977
- Ideal for Student Paced – Student Navigation, Teacher Paced
- Images
- Fill in the blank gradable short answer


Connect, Extend, Challenge (3 SA) SOC-10171982
- Ideal for Student Paced – Student Navigation
- It’s a thinking Routine


Subject Verb Agreement (4 MC) SOC-10172022
- Ideal for Student Paced – Student Navigation, Teacher Paced
- Good for ELA educators


Red Sox 2004 (4 MC) SOC-10172016
- Ideal for Student Paced – Student Navigation, Teacher Paced
- Good for baseball fans with great taste


New to Socrative? Get your feet wet with a simple activity!

Trying a new technology can feel a bit like the first day of school – you’re excited by all the possibilities, but nervous that you won’t get along with your new classmate! Take some of the pressure off by using one of these quick and reliable Socrative activities to get started:

Use a Multiple Choice Quick Question as a likert scale to gauge your students’ understanding or opinion on a topic:

  1. From your Dashboard click Quick Question.

  2. Select Multiple Choice and options A through E will be sent to your students.
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  3. Ask your question out loud. Some examples:

    • How well did you understand the homework? A = not at all, E = totally got it

    • Do you agree with the main character’s actions? A = strongly disagree, E = strongly agree

    • Would you like to do that activity again? A = definitely not, E = yes please!

  4. Project your screen so students can see the anonymous data populate your screen in real-time. Then discuss the results!

Want to send another Quick Question? Click on the question type you want at the bottom of your screen, and it will automatically send to your students.

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Use True/False Quick Questions to conduct fast knowledge checks:

  1. From your Dashboard click Quick Question.

  2. Select True/False and those two options will be sent to you students.

  3. Ask your question aloud. Some examples:

    • Two negative numbers multiplied together make a positive.

    • “Desayuno” translates to “lunch”.

    • Maria is the protagonist in this story.

  4. Project your screen so students can see the anonymous data populate your screen in real-time. Then discuss the results!

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Use Short Answer Quick Questions to gather authentic examples of student work for discussion:

  1. From your Dashboard click Quick Question.

  2. Select Short Answer and you will see your advanced options.

  3. Type in your question or ask your question aloud. Some examples:

    • When have you seen combustion occur in real life?

    • What do you think the raven represents in the poem?

    • Use the vocabulary word in a full sentence.

  4. Click Start and your students will receive a text box to enter their response, as well as the question if you chose to type it in.

  5. Project your screen to discuss the class’ responses. The answers will automatically show up anonymously to facilitate a comfortable and low-pressure discussion. Click the Show Names button if you prefer to show each student’s name with their answer.
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  6. BONUS: Once all the responses are in, click Start Vote to have students vote on their favorite response!